Adobe Premiere Pro 2.0 on Windows Vista

Upgrading your OS isn’t always a walk in the park and there has been a lot of chatter on the web about Windows Vista screwing up older software and causing all sorts of problems. As a result many people are hesitant when it comes to moving from XP to Vista.

One such issue has arisen when people try to run Adobe Premiere Pro 2.0 (CS2) on their Vista computers. Premiere Pro 2.0 was created well before the release of Vista and as such was not designed to run on the new OS. As Premiere is a fairly heavy and complicated video editing program that uses a lot of services on the computer it should come as no surprise that there would be issues. But as it turns out Microsoft anticipated such problems and created a quick and easy way of circumventing compatibility issues. (This fix btw will most likely work for other programs as well)

The problem we were encountering was that certain windows like the Titler and effects were acting funny. Plainly speaking they were repositioning themselves with every open and moving around in a random manner, often overlapping and hiding rendering the functions unusable. Quite frustrating really. But like I said, there is an easy way of solving this. I’ll take you through it step-by-step:

1. If your buggy program is open, close it

2. Right-click on the startup file (either from the “Start” panel or the desktop or wherever else you start your software from) and click “Properties”

3.Click on the “Compatibility” tab in the window that opens:

Adobe Premiere CS2 compatibility 1

4. Check the “Run this program in compatibility mode for:” box:

Adobe Premiere CS2 compatibility 2

5. Choose the Windows XP version in which the program should run smoothly. In Adobe Premiere Pro 2.0’s case this would be Windows XP (Service Pack 2):

Adobe Premiere CS2 compatibility 3

After doing this the problems with Premiere disappeared (thought we haven’t checked absolutely every little piece of the program so there might be other issues). And like I said, I’m guessing this solution can be applied to other software that is acting up too.

By Morten Rand-Hendriksen

Morten Rand-Hendriksen is a Senior Staff Instructor at LinkedIn Learning (formerly specializing in AI, bleeding edge web technologies, and the intersection between technology and humanity. He also occasionally teaches at Emily Carr University of Art and Design. He is a popular conference and workshop speaker on all things tech ethics, AI, web technologies, and open source.

2 replies on “Adobe Premiere Pro 2.0 on Windows Vista”

Did not work on mine, still the same, it shows the loadind menu and then it dissapears, any other ideas?

I am having the same problem as Edward, and this fix does not work. I open the program, the splash screen opens for a few seconds and then disappears and the program does not open. It was working a few weeks back!

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